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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

"Breathe" by Steven Popkes

Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 2012

Considering this has vampires in it, this treats them uniquely and movingly.  Vampires can pass on their genes.  They can die of normal aging; however, they can prolong their life by stealing health from those around them.  Will is uncomfortable with the vampirism; and when he catches his father, dying of emphysema, in the act, he decides to do something about it.  The ending is a little unclear--whether there was retribution (probably--but it's a potent little story, well worth checking out.

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